Mean Girls Broadway performer Stephanie Bissonnette died of cancer at the age of 32: ‘Our hearts are broken’

Stephanie Bissonette

Stephanie Bissonette

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Mean girls Broadway cast member Stephanie Bissonnette has passed away after a years-long battle with brain cancer. She was 32.

The production shared the news of the death of the dance teacher, choreographer and artist Twitter In a statement Monday morning, she wrote that Bissonnette “filled our theater with her laughter and friendship.”

“Our hearts are broken as the Mean girls community mourns the loss of Stephanie Bissonnette,” the production wrote in a statement. “Our original Dawn Sweitzer, Stephanie was part of our Broadway company from our first performance to our last.”

“She filled our theater with her laughter and friendship, inspired us with her fighting spirit and courage, and graced our stage with the greatest talent Broadway has ever known,” the statement continued. “Our thoughts and prayers are with Stephanie’s family, friends and all Mean girls community at this time. We will miss her immensely and encourage everyone to do something they love today in honor of Stephanie.”

Stephanie Bissonette

Stephanie Bissonette

Stephanie Bissonnette/Instagram

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Bissonnette had publicly shared her experience with a form of brain cancer called medulloblastoma since she was diagnosed in 2019, after she reprized Dawn Sweitzer’s role as Mean girls opened at the August Wilson Theater in New York City in 2018, according to Poster.

In 2020, Bissonnette told SurvivorNet that she first noticed something was off when she felt a “stitch” while performing a dance move during a Mean girls performance in 2019.

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“I don’t think we would have found [the tumor] if I had a normal 9 to 5 job,” she told the outlet why she decided to see a doctor. “Because I move so much and do crazy things for a living — I’ve been doing it since I was 5 — just [that] small moment in the show [made me go], ‘Why am I having problems today? There must be something else going on.’ “

After doctors removed the artist’s tumor in February 2019, treatment for the disease prevented Bissonnette from appearing in theater. Mean girls for nine months, according to the outlet.

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Devon Hadsell, Kevin Csolak, Collins Conley and Stephanie Lynn Bissonnette attend the 'Mean Girls' Original Broadway Cast Vinyl Release at the Herald Square Urban Outfitters' on August 28, 2018 in New York City.

Devon Hadsell, Kevin Csolak, Collins Conley and Stephanie Lynn Bissonnette attend the ‘Mean Girls’ Original Broadway Cast Vinyl Release at the Herald Square Urban Outfitters’ on August 28, 2018 in New York City.

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“Treatments are hard and you’re going to have bad days,” she told SurvivorNet about receiving cancer treatment in 2020. “You’re going to feel sick and nauseous.”

“But you have to know that there is a light at the end and it’s coming,” she added at the time. “It will be over. It’s just a period. It’s a terrible, hard period, but people come out the other side.”

Bissonnette was a graduate of Point Park University’s Conservatory of the Performing Arts; she performed with the Royal Caribbean cruise ship company after graduation and eventually moved to New York City to work as a teacher and choreographer, according to Deadline.

Her other credits include choreography work for The Muny, Riverside Theater, Shakespeare Theater Company and Seven Angels Theater, as well as appearing in a Keith Urban music video for “Never Comin’ Down,” according to Deadline.

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